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of the service amtrak provides. this commitment was expanded by president obama in the comments to the american recovery and reinvestment act, which provided funding to begin many of the capital projects that had been tabled due to years of inadequate federal funding. it is clear that the investments we have made in amtrak are supported by the traveling public. fiscal year 2012, amtrak achieved the highest ridership levels in its history. that's major news. major. more than 31 million passengers took amtrak in this fiscal year and the service appears poised to continue to grow. against this record of success, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle believe amtrak needs to get back on track as the title of this hearing suggests. it is only because they have, once again, been doing all they could do to try to derail the service. in fact, the republican presidential platform called explicitly for amtrak's elimination. fortunately that misguided platform was resoundingly rejected by the american people who have instead supported the president's call to move forward by implementing policies tha
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